As drinks group Diageo’s global marketing boss, Saller was lauded for her ability to balance a global view of a massive business boasting more than 400 brands with a focus on individual members of staff.
The Marketing Society Marketing Leader of the Year 2015, in association with Marketing, was unveiled at a ceremony held at Artillery Garden, HAC, London EC1, with Saller gaining the most votes from her industry peers.
Saller and Diageo faced a tough marketplace in 2014, but even so managed to drive growth, with highlights including the launch of Haig Club, a premium single-grain whisky brand developed in conjunction with David Beckham.
Saller is clearly a believer in, and exponent of, the notion of humility in the workplace, having said that leadership is about "being ego-free and deeply understanding that although it’s about your leadership, it’s not about you".
She beat competition from fellow nominees Matt Barwell, CMO of Britvic; Sara Bennison, customer marketing director, personal and corporate banking, Barclays; Nina Bibby, marketing and consumer director, O2 and Telefónica UK; Hilary Cross, director, marketing and communications, Macmillan Cancer Support, Rebecca Snell, head of marketing, Lego UK; Martin Stead, sales, marketing and digital director, EDF Energy; and Andrew Warner, vice-president, marketing, Monster and former senior marketing director, EMEA, Expedia.
Andrew Warner, vice-president, marketing, Monster was awarded as highly commended.